A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: ‘Expect a lot of negativity during this tour’, says Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar believes India have every right to choose which players they want to include in their practice matches

Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has warned the cricketing world to expect a lot of negativity in the upcoming Test series between the national team and England.

Gavaskar was quick to lash out at former England captain Michael Vaughan’s tweet about the lack of spinners in the practice matches.

“Are former England players going to tell us what team to play? Are they going to pick our side for us. I mean these sort of comments should just be ignored, it is entirely India’s prerogative. May be the selectors wanted to try these players. Indian selectors will do what is good for the Indian team,” Gavaskar said.

Vaughan had described the lack of spinners in the practice games as a ‘pathetic tactic’ on India’s part to try and bamboozle the England batsmen with their spin bowlers throughout the Test series.

Gavaskar noted that it was comments like this that did not make England a very popular touring side.

“I am telling you expect a lot of negativity during this tour because this is England’s specialty and that’s the reason they are not a popular touring team,” Gavaskar added.

However, Gavaskar did give credit to the England team for arriving nearly three weeks prior to the start of the Test series.

“Of course the home team will always have the edge because they are familiar with the conditions and that is why I think England have done very well  coming here three weeks before they play their first Test match,” Gavaskar said.

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